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Hemendra Chaturvedi is based in Agra serving as an Assistant Editor, covering districts of Agra and Aligarh division of western Uttar Pradesh. He has been with HT since 1992 and has completed three decades of association with HT.

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‘What has to happen will happen’: Bhole Baba on 121 stampede deaths

121 people died in a stampede at a congregation in Uttar Pradesh, with the self-styled godman blaming a "conspiracy". Authorities are investigating.

Self proclaimed godman Surajpal alias Narayan Sakar Hari alias Bhole Baba speaks to the media regarding the Hathras stampede, in Kasganj, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 18, 2024 06:54 AM IST

Bhole Baba surfaces 15 days after 121 deaths in Hathras stampede, says ‘none can change destiny’

Bhole Baba made the comment while interacting with a section of the media at his ashram at his ancestral village Bahadur Nagar in Patiali tehsil of Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh.

Preacher Surajpal alias Narayan Sakar Hari alias Bhole Baba speaks to the media regarding the Hathras stampede, in Kasganj on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 18, 2024 05:14 AM IST

Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba’s counsel seeks CCTV footage

Suraj Pal’s counsel, AP Singh, a Delhi-based lawyer, came out in support of the preacher and claimed that it was a conspiracy hatched to defame the organising committee.

The GT Road in village Phoolrai where stampede took place on July 02. (HT)
Published on Jul 14, 2024 10:32 PM IST

Crowd mgmt in Mudiya Mela acid test for admn

The Goverdhan Mela site has been divided into 21 zones and 62 sectors. As many as 76 cameras are being installed on the parikrama marg (route) around Goverdhan hillock for keeping an eye on the fair round the clock, claimed officials .

Devotees at Mudiya Mela. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Unfazed by stampede, Bhole Baba followers continue to visit ashrams for satsangs

SP (City) Rahul Mithas downplayed the situation, saying that a handful of followers visit the ashram every day, but the number has gone up on Tuesday.

Followers gathered at Ashram of Bhole Baba in Bichwan town of Mainpuri on Tuesday. (HT)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 04:45 AM IST

When a cult figure illegally occupied Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh for 2 years

The preacher Suraj Pal, popularly known as Bhole Baba, is only the latest such personality to be in the news after the Hathras stampede. Other cult figures who commanded a vast following in the region in the past included Baba Jai Gurudev. His main ashram was in Mathura and it boasted of a replica of the Taj Mahal.

File photos of late Mukul Dwivedi, the then SP City of Mathura donning a bullet proof jacket before entering Jawahar Bagh in Mathura on June 2, 2016. Dwivedi was allegedly attacked by cult members encroaching on Jawahar Bagh and killed. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 08, 2024 05:44 AM IST

Main accused Devprakash Madhukar was Bhole Baba’s eyes and ears

Madhukar was arrested by the UP police from Delhi’s Najafgarh after being named in an FIR registered at Sikandra Rau police station of Hathras in connection with the stampede that claimed 121 lives

Devprakash Madhukar was arrested by the UP police from Delhi’s Najafgarh (File Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 02:17 PM IST

Hathras stampede: Key arrested accused had political links, say police

Madhukar was arrested from Najafgarh in Delhi on Friday night. Police said besides Madhukar, two others, Ram Prakash Shakya and Sanju Yadav, were arrested on Saturday

121 people were killed in Hathras stampede incident (AP Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 02:08 PM IST

‘Deeply saddened’: Hathras ‘baba’ appears on video, sparks furore

Pal’s statement came a day after the state police on Friday arrested Devprakash Madhukar, the prime suspect and head volunteer of the event, and on the day a judicial panel put in place by the state government began its probe into the July 2

Self-styled godman Suraj Pal, better known as Bhole Baba (Twitter/ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2024 01:44 PM IST

Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba’s 4 calls before switching off phone under scanner

According to a senior police officer, Pal had spoken to the event organisers four times before his mobile phone went off on the same day.

The stampede tragedy in Hathras led to the death of 121 people including 112 women on July 2. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 08:51 AM IST

Hathras stampede: ‘Bhole Baba’ owns assets worth 100+ crore

The Hathras event did have permission from authorities, although the crowd is expected to have been twice what was expected.

An ashram of “Bhole Baba” in Kasganj. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 07:21 AM IST

Hathras stampede: No mention of Bhole Baba in FIR, police yet to trace him

The case has been registered under Sections 105, 110, 126(2), 223, and 238 of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023.

Bags and other belongings lying at the scene a day after a massive stampede that took place during a 'satsang' (religious congregation), in Sikandara Rao area in Hathras district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 06:34 AM IST

Hathras stampede: Bhole Baba, preacher who led the congregation, not named in FIR

The FIR alleged that the organisers hid the actual number of devotees coming to the ‘satsang’ while seeking permission, did not cooperate in traffic management

Devdas Madhukar, the head sevadar has been named beside other organisers, in the FIR filed by Brijesh Pandey. (File photo)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 10:29 AM IST

Hathras stampede | Bhole Baba: Intelligence man to preacher with cult following

Alway clean shaven and known for his all-white attire, he sits on a throne-like high chair at his satsangs, sometimes with his wife on a similar chair.

Bhole Baba addressing a gathering. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 07:13 AM IST

107 dead in stampede at religious preacher’s congregation in UP’s Hathras

Hathras stampede: Initial reports indicated that the stampede started soon after the women rushed out of the venue

Hathras stampede: Inspector General (Aligarh Range) Shalabh Mathur said temporary permission was sought and given for the ‘satsang’ at the venue in a Hathras village (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 06:39 PM IST

PDA formula scripts success for SP in Braj region

Akhilesh , in his speeches, kept the BJP and RSS on target and blamed them for designs to change the Constitution . A man dressed as Baba Saheb with a book in hand stood on stage and Akhilesh Yadav received a copy of the Constitution from him with a vow to protect it.

PDA successfully worked for Akhilesh Yadav (HT)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:22 AM IST

Rashtriya Hindu Parishad chief smashes TV, sets it on fire over election results

After BJP fell short of its “Abki Baar 400 Paar” claim, Rashtriya Hindu Parishad chief Govind Parashar smashed the TV inside the office and set it on fire.

Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Govind Parashar is setting TV on fire after smashing it. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 12:31 PM IST
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2024 LS polls: Much at stake for BJP in Braj region

BJP has much at stake in Braj region with 8 Lok Sabha seats. SP focuses on Mainpuri, Firozabad; Congress eyes Fatehpur Sikri. Ministers also in the race.

Sitting MP and BJP candidate Hema Malini during her campaign in Mathura. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:44 AM IST

Chained child admitted to IMHH after video goes viral

On Sunday, a video went viral, showing a 10-year-old boy on the pavement, tied with chains. He was accompanied by his parents and all were braving the heat along the road near Agra College . Naresh Paras, a social activist working for child rights, got active and took up the matter with officials of Agra Nagar Nigam to find a place for the family in a shelter home. Dr Dinesh Rathore, director, of Institute of Mental Health and Hospital was contacted and the child was then taken to the Institute.

On the basis of the disability certificate, issued by chief medical officer of Sant Kabir Nagar, doctors in the Institute of Mental Health and Hospital termed it a case of cerebral palsy, a disability caused by damage to the brain and not a psychiatric disorder (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 08:18 AM IST

Name on card but not invited: Lawyer sues in-laws

In his complaint case filed on May 28 in the court of judicial magistrate (second) in Mainpuri, the lawyer claimed that his in-laws were liable to be prosecuted by police under section 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 501 (printing defamatory content) of Indian Penal Code and prayed before court to summon the opposite parties. He said hey printed his name on a wedding card but did not invite him to the function.,

The mother-in-law and brother-in-law live on Etawah Road in Bewar with whom the lawyer, as stated in his complaint, is not on good terms . (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 30, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Tourist footfall decreases at Taj as Agra continues to sizzle

Agra, City of Taj, swelters at 46.5 degrees Celsius as intense heat wave hits. Tourism at Taj Mahal impacted, with visitors falling ill due to heat.

Heat wave in Agra makes it tough for visitors on Saturday. (HT photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 08:04 AM IST

Mainpuri only 3rd phase seat in Uttar Pradesh to see higher polling % now than in 2019

The third phase of polling was held on May 7 in Sambhal, Hathras (SC), Agra (SC), Fatehpur Sikri, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Budaun, Aonla and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav and the party’s Mainpuri candidate Dimple Yadav voting at the polling centre in Saifai on Tuesday. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:08 PM IST

Kamakhya Devi temple existed on Sikri premises, claims suit in Agra court

The suit has been filed on behalf of deity Shri Bhagwan Sri Kamakhya Mata as the main petitioner represented through next friend and lawyer Ajay Pratap Singh and five others

The dargah (mausoleum) of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti is located within the quadrangle of the Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri. (HT file)
Published on May 10, 2024 04:56 PM IST

Akash Anand – Whose 'exit' is more talked about than his ‘entry’

Akash Anand, BSP’s anointed heir apparent, was sacked by party chief and aunt. Did BSP miss a trick by removing him in the middle of the elections?

Bahujan Samaj Party national coordinator Akash Anand (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 10, 2024 12:46 AM IST

Campaigning ends for 6 seats of Braj region

These six Lok Sabha seats are now gearing up for polling on May 7 in the third phase. Union minister of state for health and family welfare SP Singh Baghel is a candidate from the reserved seat of Agra. UP minister of tourism and culture Jaiveer Singh is locked in a fight with Dimple Yadav in Mainpuri, the stronghold of Yadav clan. Anup Valmiki, another minister of state in UP is contesting the reserved seat of Hathras.

Campaigning for six Lok Sabha seats of Braj region came to a close on Sunday.These six Lok Sabha seats are now gearing up for polling on May 7 in the third phase. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 06, 2024 06:02 AM IST

Insult to Maharana Pratap in SP’s road show: Yogi leads BJP’S attack on SP; three held

“Case has been registered under sections 147 (riot), 188 (Disobedience to order promulgated by public servant), 295A (insulting religious beliefs), 504 (provocation to breach public peace), and Section 171H of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified accused,” the PRO said.

Samajwadi Party’s national spokesperson Ameeque Jamei denied the allegations. (HT photo)
Updated on May 06, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Shoe hurled at SP Maurya during election meeting

Swami Prasad Maurya was in Doki to campaign for Hotam Singh Nishad, candidate of Rashtriya Soshit Samaj Party. The man was nabbed by police present on the spot but continued to raise slogans against Swami Prasad Maurya. He took out a black cloth from his pocket and waved it as police dragged him away from the spot.

Swami Prasad Maurya was addressing a gathering near a temple in Doki area about 30 kilometres from Agra on Friday afternoon (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 04, 2024 07:04 AM IST

Priyanka calls Modi arrogant, urges masses to identify “real leaders”

On the other hand is a mass leader, Rahul Gandhi, who travelled 4,000km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, and from Manipur to Mumbai. Based on his experiences with the common people he met, the Congress prepared its manifesto - ‘Nyay Patra’, she says

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi leading a road show in support of Congress candidate, an ex-army man Ramnath Sikarwar, in Fatehpur Sikri on Friday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 03, 2024 08:41 PM IST

Lok Sabha election: In ‘Suhag Nagari’ Firozabad, issues on ground wedded to larger poll picture?

The electoral scene has changed in Firozabad since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Samajwadi Party’s ‘chacha-bhatija’ feud is now a thing of the past. The BJP is out to retain the seat in ‘Suhag Nagari’, which is famous for bangles, but faces a strong challenge from the SP.

Labourers at work at a bangle unit in Firozabad. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Voting for oppn alliance will be grave sin: Yogi

Uttar Pradesh CM addressed three public meetings in Yadav heartland having Lok Sabha seats of Mainpuri, Etah and Firozabad

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2024 05:04 AM IST
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